Fly fishing must be one of the most therapeutic activities. According to Estlow (2013), people draw different emotional, physical, and psychological significance from this activity. To some, it is a religious activity, for some, it is a great way to connect with nature’s beauty, and for some, it is a get away from all human civilization, and back to the roots of mother nature, where one can meditate upon their lives, as they gasp of the fresh air in the beautiful sceneries where these activities normally takes place. For others, this is a cool way to reconnect with old friends. Richard (2020) takes this a notch higher by explaining that fly-fishing helps with stress alleviation and healthy brain development. He states that the activity is particularly helpful for people with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Richard, 2020). All the same, fly fishing is among the most adventurous get away activities, and particularly in Norway, the home to most salmon species, and a host to more than five rivers from which tourists can create unforgettable fly-fishing experiences.
Best rivers to fly fish in Norway
There are many rivers and creeks where you can fish but below are the top 3 rivers to fly fish in Norway..
The Namsen River that runs amidst the valleys of the northern part Central Norway, at Nord-Trøndelag. This part of the country can be considered its heartland with fertile agricultural plains that blend in with the rocky coastlines and majestic mountains. Being the longest and most powerful river in Norway, it presents the best site to start practicing some fly fishing.
There is also the Orkla River that is the true definition of tranquil. Because of its slow and dreamy flows, it is no surprise that this river seduces a large number of salmon anglers closer to the Aunan lodge. The surrounding nature of the river is equally seductive to the fly-fishers who camp along about this site. The river meanders between walls of a sharply sloped valley that are covered in mature woodland, well-cultivated agricultural lands, far away from any railways or roads.
The Gaula River also justifies why you need to consider fly-fishing in Norway this coming holidays. This river emanates from the hills bordering Sweden and drain into the sea after reaching Trondheim Fjord. This river is regarded second after Tana River , for the amount of actual Salmons that can be caught (Where Wise Men Fish, 2020). Its environs are magnificent as the river, with most of its banks being bracketed on either sides by scenic farmlands and farms.
The country’s efforts to protect fly-fishing as a natural heritage is evident from the fact that even though most rivers were infected in the 70s by the scrounger called gyrodactilus Salarius, conservationists made tremendous work to restore the original status of these rivers. To ensure that fly-fishing does not compromise the population of salmons in the rivers, conservationists have also placed stricter fishing regulations (Where Wise Men Fish, 2020). With these measures in place, it is not surprise that you might end up catching salmons ranging from 30-40 lbs in size (Where Wise Men Fish, 2020).
The Worlds Most Conserverd travel destination
Recently, Norway was designated as the globes most conserved travel destination (Where Wise Men Fish, 2020). Most of the country’s fishing centers are concentrated around Trondheim Fjord in the Northern part of Norway, since the area presents a scenic site for this activity with densely forested hilly slopes with a variety of river sizes for sporting—presents some of the best sceneries Norway has to offer for fly-fishing. Control partly from the activities of hydroelectric stations along these rivers, the amount of flow remains regulated, ensuring that no floods occur and that the vegetation surrounding these river banks never miss water as a nutritional source despite the change in seasons.
As a tourist planning a visit to Norway to try out fly-fishing for the first time, it is inevitable that you may need some guidance regarding some of the best destinations within the country. You might just want to start with River Hemsila, located three and half hours away from the Northwestern part of Oslo if travelling by car. This is a spring creek-like river, which is a home to brown trout ranging between 2-3 pounds, and with really fantastic surroundings. The best time according to Lenth (n.d), to try fly-fishing in this region, is during the month of July.
The other place that you may want to consider is Hardangervidda. This is a breathtaking fly fishing area located amidst the mountains on the plateau resting between Bergen and Oslo. The best time to plan your trip to this destination is during August. Here, fly-fishing lovers can catch amazing brown trout not just in the rivers, but also in the lakes found in the region. Given the extensiveness of this area, one should come prepared for a serious hike. It is not a hike for the lily-livered. A tourist planning to a visit to this destination should also plan for its unpredictable weather by carrying along clothes appropriate for warm, hot, and cold conditions.
River Lærdal originally referred to as the queen of rivers, is not a place you might rule out also as a possible destination when planning a visit to Norway for a fly-fishing activity. This salmon fishing site located four hours west of Oslo and three hours north of Bergen, was one of the rivers that had previously suffered a parasitic attack, as explained earlier by gyrodactylus salaris parasite. I was designated later as a fly-fishing site in the 90s (Lenth, n.d). With time however, in comparison to the 90s, its salmon population has increased, and as Lenth (n.d) explains, a tourist stands a chance of catching a salmon up to 10 pound-plus in size. Other sites include: Nordmarka, River Glomma, Laksefjordvidda, River Surna, River Gaula, River Namsen, and River Alta.
Norway is the best place for fly fishing
In conclusion, Norway is the best place to create memories for any fly-fishing lovers, as well as for those who would be interested in trying out the sport. Because of its diversity in this field, regardless of your motivation to visit Norway for fly-fishing, the country always has a river or scenery to suit your circumstance.
Save money on fly fishing in Norway
Norway is a expensive country to travel to and we understand that you have to save your money before embarking on a Norwegian adventure. We are not finance-experts or anything in that regard but we do know a few tips about how you can make your travel to Norway a bit cheaper.
- Book airline ticket with Norwegian
- Buy NOK (norwegian krone) over a period of time (then you protect yourself against a sharp increase in the USD/NOK ratio)
- Book hotels in advance
- Order your fishing-trip directly through local agents (win-win)
If you follow these guidelines, you can be sure to get the cheapest flyfishing trip to Norway.